His life changed once he decided to finally love himself, and he works hard to help others do the same. Michael has openly shared his journey to health and wellness, inspiring millions of people around the world. As an out gay man, he fights for equality through extensive charity work, and loudly voices his belief that everyone, at any size, shape, identity, age, or race, deserves an equal chance at living their best life. Michael works tirelessly to help others find strength and confidence, both in and out of the kitchen.
In addition to his two appearances on MasterChef, Michael has been featured on E! News, Hallmark Channel, PEOPLE Magazine, New York Post, National Examiner, Closer Weekly, Ok! Magazine, Out Front, Delish, Medium, the FeedFeed, Newsweek, Good Morning America, NPR, and more!
When he’s not in the kitchen, Michael enjoys sipping on espresso (or mezcal!), gardening, DIY projects, playing piano, traveling, and exploring the L.A. food scene. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiance, Jacob, their rescue dog Meelo, and Duchess the cat.